Recently, my daughter saw Pride and Prejudice at a friend’s house. The minute she got an opportunity to visit the library, she checked the book out. The same thing happened a couple of years ago when she saw A Series of Unfortunate Events. It happened again with The Chronicles of Narnia, and now that I think about it, she’s also read every version of The Wizard of Oz that she could get her hands on.
I’ll admit that it wasn’t intentional, but exposing her to these movies fostered a great deal of interest in reading the books. Getting her to read these classics was not troublesome at all (in fact, it was her idea), and if you’re struggling to get your children to do the same, this just might be the route to take.
It’s pretty obvious that many children are being robbed of the opportunity to engage the literary classics. They are missing out on an opportunity to extend their cultural background by simply reading these books for assignments or not reading them at all. One way to overcome this challenge is by introducing them to literature through cinema. It’s an almost foolproof way of injecting them with a little culture, and it quite likely just might lead to them picking up the actual books.
Where should you start?
Here are three excellent movies based on literary masterpieces:
(Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911) Recommended Version:
Warner Bros. 1993 with Kate Maberly, Heydion Prowse, Andrew Knott and Maggie Smith
(Alexandre Dumas, 1838)
Disney’s 1993 with Oliver Platt, Charley Sheen, Kiefer Southerland, and Chris O’Donnell
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(Victor Hugo, 1831)
Disney’s 1996 with the voices of Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce and Demi Moore
You’ll find these movies at Moovida DB. There are a number of other movies based on the classics there along with just about any others you can think of. Moovida allows you to find information on movies, watch trailers and even play them using your Netflix account. You’ll also have access to expert reviews and input from Facebook friends. Give it a visit and search for your favorite classic, then download it or rent it and corral your kids for some movie time. I’d love to hear how it goes, so come back and leave me a comment, and if you have some input you’d like to share on the subject, feel free to do so before you go!
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